How to pick the perfect iPad Air, iPad mini, or iPad Pro for you!
There's a lot to consider before you buy or upgrade to a new tablet, even a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4 or the all-new iPad Pro. What's more important, portability, display size, or something in between? Which color and what capacity is best for you? Is Wi-Fi okay or cellular a must? There's never been more to choose from, which means it's never been harder to choose!
Enter iMore's 2015 iPad buyers guide. We'll go over all the details, all the options, and help you decide on which iPad is perfect for you. And if you've already decided, just bookmark, email, Facebook, or Tweet this so we can help your friends and family and you can get on with enjoying your new iPad!
Should you upgrade to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4?
When new tablets like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 hit the market one of the hardest decisions we face is whether or not to upgrade from our current model to the latest and greatest. If you have unlimited funds, you can just buy all the things, all the time. Most of us don't, however, so we need to check out the new features, see how they compare to what we already have, and decide if the difference is worth the price of an entirely new device, a price that starts at $399 and goes up considerably from there. So, what's the difference between your current iPad and the new ones, and is there value enough to justify the upgrade cost?
How to sell your old iPad
If you plan on upgrading to an iPad Air 2 or iPad min 3i, selling your old iPad is a no brainer. Apple products hold their resale value very well. If you've taken good care of your iPad, you should have no problem finding it a new home and putting some cash in your pocket while doing it. Selling the old really does help you afford the new. If you're not sure how to sell, or if you just want to make sure you get the most money, or save yourself the most time and effort, possible, here's everything you need to know!
Which iPad should you get, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini?
Apple offers more iPad options then ever. There's the ultra-portable iPad mini 4, the full-sized iPad Air 2, and now the ultra-powerful iPad Pro. It's not just the screen sizes that vary either, the processors go from ridiculous to ludicrous, and the prices... they go up too. So, do you go with small, big, or bigger? Portable or powerful? Which iPad should you get?
What color iPad should you get: Silver, gold, or space gray?
The iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 come in a wider variety of colors—or metallic finishes—than ever before. There may not be a rose gold version like the iPhones 6s, at least not yet, but there is space gray, silver, and gold. The space gray still comes with a black faceplate and the gold, like the silver, comes with a white faceplate. With greater choice in colors, however, comes a harder choice: which one should you get?
What iPad storage size should you get: 16GB vs 64GB vs 128GB?
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 come with 16 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage, the iPad Pro comes with 32 GB or 128 GB of storage. Picking between them can be tough, especially since cost increases along with size, and as apps and content get bigger, operating systems are getting more efficient. The last thing you want to do is pay for storage you don't need... except for running out of storage when you need it most. So, how much iPad storage is enough?
- What iPad Air or iPad mini storage size should you get: 16 GB vs. 64 GB vs. 128 GB?
- What iPad Pro storage size should you get: 32 GB vs. 128 GB?
iPad insurance: Should you get AppleCare or something else?
If you plan on picking up a new iPad Air 2 or new iPad mini, one of the questions you're probably asking yourself is whether or not you should buy AppleCare+ insurance, something else, or forego insurance altogether. It's a question we get asked on a rather regular basis here at iMore so I figured the best way to address it was to put together a guide, since no one insurance plan is right for everyone. And more importantly, if you're using a credit card to buy your new iPad, you may be covered already and not even know it! Follow along to see what we think are the best insurance options to protect your new iPad!
Need more help?
If there's any detail you're still not 100% sure about, or any question you'd still love to get answered before you buy your brand new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, we have fantastic information pages that are always kept up-to-the-minute, and amazing community forums filled with experts for you to talk with. Bookmark them and check back often! And once you've decided, let us know in the comments - which iPad did you get and why?